2024 Kalamazoo Garden Festival

2024 Kalamazoo Garden Festival

Come join us for a wonderful day of learning and gardening. This event is hosted by the Southwest Michigan MSU Extension Master Gardeners. We will have demonstrations, live music, food vendors, presentations and LOTS of vendors selling garden related products. Admission is FREE, so mark your calendars and plan to attend. More at www.KalamazooGardenFestival.com
PLEASE NOTE: There are a LOT of scammers out there trying to sell booth space to an event they have nothing to do with. Please only communicate with us via this page or via the website. Do not send any money to someone via comments on this event.
Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, or veteran status.
El Servicio de Extensión (Extension Service) de MSU ofrece programas educativos, actividades, y materiales sin discriminación basada sobre edad, color, incapacidades, identidad o expresión de identidad sexual, información genética, estado matrimonial, origen nacional, raza, religión, sexo, orientación sexual, o estado de veterano

We’ve all been cooped up indoors for too long, so come out and enjoy a day emersed in everything gardens.

Get your hands dirty at a workshop, learn the newest tips & tricks from the experts, purchase the hottest plants for the season all at the 2024 Kalamazoo Garden Festival. 

If your group, organization, non-profit, committee or business would like to participate, please contact us today.

BLOK POLITICS New Show on Nu Vizun Media

Blok Politics is based in Kalamazoo, but our views and opinions aren’t. We don’t bite our tongues. The truth creates adversity. Join Skitzo weekly for topics that impact your community and and you daily living!

                                                    

Street Politics: Talking Taxes & Things with Christy Gray, Tax Preparer & Consultant

Street Politics: Talking Taxes & Things with Christy Gray, Tax Preparer & Consultant

Street Politics choppin’ it up with Christy Gray, Tax Preparer & Consultant. For more information on services at: 269-743-7230 or 269-220-1000

Email: financialservices597@gmail.com

Office location: 516 1/2 Commonwealth PL*Kalamazoo, MI 49006

 

 

Street Politics With Special Guest: Mike Hussar, Realtor

Street Politics With Special Guest: Mike Hussar, Realtor

Street Politics chops it up with Mike Hussar, local realtor in Kalamazoo. Today’s topics: reoccurring issue, lack of affordable housing. Discussing the Ukraine Conflict and the impact on Black & Brown students and citizens trying to leave the country. What does the war mean to US locally? What is up with Gen-Z and their career options.

For more information on our cool guest and real estate, visit www.mikehussar.com

Street Politics : KPL Aides Fight for $15/hr

Street Politics : KPL Aides Fight for $15/hr

 

What KPL Aides are asking for. The actual petition from Change.org

Library aides and hourly custodians are the largest group of employees at KPL. We are a diverse group of employees and perform a wide variety of tasks within the Library, providing customer service, circulation tasks, helping with program preparation, among many other things. If you are a regular patron, you have probably interacted with us many times. We work for the library because we are passionate about serving our community. We have recently formed a union and are currently negotiating our first contract with the Library.

During our recent negotiations, KPL administration gave us a wage proposal of $12/hr, going up to $12.74 for the 2024/25 fiscal year. Not only is this not a living or a competitive wage, it is actually less than some employees are already making. These employees (who have already not seen a raise for over a year) would not see a raise until at least 2025. This is an unsustainable situation in an environment where we have seen an immense rise in the cost of living just over the past year. We feel that in these times, a wage of $15 an hour is appropriate and achievable for KPL.

KPL is a cherished institution in Kalamazoo, and we love working for the Library. But under current conditions it’s simply unsustainable for many of us. We are asking for the library to live up to its professed progressive values and compensate all employees fairly!

https://www.change.org/p/kalamazoo-public-library-kpl-aides-fight-for-15-hr

Let KPL Board Trustees know that your support KPL Aides Fight for $15!  Click>>>KPL Board

Library Aides Deserve a Living Wage!

Library Aides Deserve a Living Wage!

Kalamazoo, MI- As small,  yet visible protest could be seen as library patrons, community members and visitors In front of Kalamazoo’s downtown library. KalamKPL AIdeazoo Public Library’s regularly scheduledBoard meeting open to the public. The protest is over KPL Aides negotiating a living wage. Library Aides are the most visible employees of the organization. The Aides provided anything from customer service, circulation tasks, helping with program preparation among services provided.

Recent negotiations with  KPL administration presented a proposal of $12/hr to KPL Aides and to go up to $12.74 for the 2024/2025 fiscal year.  A echo of support shared with the Board and the audience, that the  proposed wage is not a living wage or a competitive one. Additionally, the proposed wage is less than some employees are already making and would not see a raise until 2025. The newly formed union of aides and custodians are asking for a sustainable, living wage of $15.

 

If you would like to support KPL Aides, send an email to the library board or administration. https://www.kpl.gov/about/board-and-administration/

 

Kalamazoo Breast Feeding Coalition Press Release

Kalamazoo Breast Feeding Coalition Press Release

News Release  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 24th, 2022

Breastfeeding Support, Breast Milk/Infant Feeding, Infant Formula Recall, and Infant Formula Shortage

There is an infant formula shortage happening right now due to the supply chain issues caused by the global pandemic. There is also a recall of Similac, Alimentum or EleCare infant formula.  The FDA is advising consumers not to use Similac, Alimentum or EleCare powdered infant formula.

If caregivers  have infant formula to return, please visit, infant formula recall or visit the Michigan WIC webpage.

If caregivers are combining breastfeeding and infant formula feeding, breastfeed more often to increase milk supply and reduce the need for infant formula. See the USDA WIC Breastfeeding website for more information.

If families who are considering weaning from breastfeeding, consider waiting to avoid introducing or increasing formula use

It is possible to bring back a milk supply after you stopped breastfeeding, or to start producing milk even if the baby wasn’t initially breastfed. A certified lactation consultant can help. Please see the Kalamazoo Breastfeeding Coalition’s website at https://www.kzoobfcoalition.org/ for a list of Certified Lactation Consultants.

Now more than ever it is important that families feel supported with breastfeeding and/or pumping.  Kalamazoo and the Greater Kalamazoo area have so many resources for breastfeeding support.  These breastfeeding support resources are listed on the Kalamazoo County Breastfeeding Coalition website https://www.kzoobfcoalition.org/

Breastfeeding is a safe infant feeding option. Breastfeeding helps protect infants from foodborne illness and infections. Cronobacter and Salmonella illnesses have been linked to formula use, and breastfeeding is a safer alternative to consider. Maintaining and increasing human milk supply is important, particularly when infant formula availability may be limited.

Donor milk/Milk sharing:

  • For families who are breastfeeding and supplementing with infant formula or using infant formula and have concerns about Cronobacter and Salmonella contamination, they can contact their healthcare provider to see if their babies are eligible for donor milk.
  • The FDA suggests that a decision to give donor human milk to your infant should be made in consultation with the baby’s health care provider and that only screened donor human milk should be used.

If you know of anyone who is pregnant, struggling with breastfeeding and/or pumping, they can visit our website to inquire about all the great lactation resources we have in Kalamazoo https://www.kzoobfcoalition.org/

Contact:

Katie Pearson BA, CCLS

Co- Chair of the Kalamazoo Breastfeeding Coalition

269-443-3215

kzoobfcolation@gmail.com

Sokhna Heather Mabin BA, BS, EYT~Herbalist~Adv Doula~CLC

Co- Chair of the Kalamazoo Breastfeeding Coalition

917-312-5479

kzoobfcoaltion@gmail.com

Website:

https://www.kzoobfcoalition.org/

 

“Enough is Enough. We deserve better!

“Enough is Enough. We deserve better!

Kalamazoo, MI- January 13, 2022, was the first Kalamazoo Public School Board Meeting of the year. The first order of business for the Board was to elect the President and Vice President. Once President Sholler-Barber and Trustee Harrison were unanimously voted to stay in their current roles, the meeting went on. A father of a KPS student was present to voice is dismay at the lack of training that KPS employees have breaking up student fights at school. His daughter suffering a concussion and no longer wanting to attend her school.

 

Others in attendance used their public speaking time to voice continued concern of rising COVID cases and lack of transparency with rate of exposure numbers. Public comments to KPS BOARD

Communities all over the nation are divided on continuing to stay in person or go virtual. In 2020 PACCT BOARD worked in solidarity with Demand Safe Schools, National Day of Resistance.

(1) No reopening until the scientific data supports it
(2) Police-free schools
(3) All schools must be supported to function as community schools with adequate numbers of counselors and nurses
(4) Safe conditions including lower class sizes, PPE, cleaning, testing, and other key protocols
(5) Equitable access to online learning
(6) Support for our communities and families, including moratorium on evictions/foreclosures, providing direct cash assistance to those not able to work or who are unemployed, and other critical social needs
(7) Moratorium on new charter or voucher programs
(8) Massive infusion of federal money to support the reopening funded by taxing the billionaires and Wall Street
The crisis has deepened since 2020.
 Facebook Post from Black Lives Matter Kzoo/Battle Creek reads “Enough is Enough. We deserve better!”
We are grateful to those students who demonstrated courage in meeting with us to share their experiences in the school system here at their high school (Loy Norrix, Kalamazoo Public School system).
Their platform is to make demands for the administration to acknowledge and to stop dismissing the lack of safe protocols being enforced to reduce COVID transmission, the lack of transparent data regarding transmission or a way to measure this at the school, lack of free tests available, or requiring students regardless of vaccination status to be tested when having symptoms or when being exposed to those who are positive in order to stay in school.
They also were honest that culture of enhanced police presence and “force” exists there, including measures common in S2PP (school-to-prison pipeline) models, which is a violent conditioning of students that prepares them in school to behave and respond to stimuli in ways they would experience it in prison, and uses punitive measures to create a hostile environment in school.
The reported tensions between the students and the administration have caused students to feel they don’t have any other choice for their own safety and for the safety of BIPOC students.
They request community support for their attempt to reach administrative attention and serve their demands for a Safe School for All.
There is no ability to have a return to normal pre-pandemic, and they deserve to have their needs seen and accommodated.
Some have offered to bring water, extra masks, and amplifying devices.
Let us gather in support of the youth and as responsible partners in the safety of our families who are impacted by COVID and racist practices in our school system.

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